About Us

The WordPlayers is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) theatre company formed in 1995 by Christian theatre artists in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Our mission is to produce excellent theatre, telling culturally-relevant stories from a faith-based perspective.

Our vision is a community uplifted by excellent, Christ-centered art, where artists are freed to develop and use their God-given talents in a positive environment founded on Christian principles and values.

Touring Wing

  • Serves area churches by providing scripture-based plays for worship services and special events
  • Presents an annual Black History play highlighting the Christian faith of key leaders in African-American history which tours primarily to schools in the East TN area
  • Presents four Staged Readings at The Square Room in downtown Knoxville

MainStage Wing

  • Entertains with full-length plays and musicals, three per season, chosen from a faith-based perspective, including a play chosen specifically for family audiences

Playback Theatre

  • Offers Playback Theatre – improvisational theatre in which stories from audience/group members are acted out on the spot

Special Annual Event

  • Celebrates a new year in Christ by presenting scripture and scripture-based plays in reader’s theatre style each New Year’s Eve


  • Arts & Culture Alliance
  • Christians in Theatre Arts
  • Tennesseans for the Arts

Office Location and Special Events:

Erin Presbyterian Church
200 Lockett Road (Off of Kingston Pike)
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

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